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A map of Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve near Mill Valley..
Robert Anderson July 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm
A "Them Poem" (after Mason Williams). Dog Kickers. Them Dog Kickers, Ain't they nuts,Read More Kickin little dogs On their butts?
McGlashan Pathway in Tam Valley
Kevin Sadlier June 21, 2014 at 09:32 am
So glad that Charles McGlashan is being honored. What a loss for all his death was.
Curry Eckelhoff June 21, 2014 at 09:40 am
I agree Kevin. This is one of those situations where we are left wondering what could have been hadRead More he lived. I expect we would have seen wondrous things. What a loss...
Marin County Board of Supervisors chambers
Elisabeth Thomas-Matej February 25, 2014 at 10:13 am
Robert: Repealing the PDA could not change the housing plan, because the housing plan is aRead More prerequisite of the PDA application! Take away the PDA and what you get is the same housing plan with no federal funding for infrastructure improvements. Meanwhile, we have only two freeway exits for Mill Valley--Stinson Beach and E. Blithedale / Tiburon Blvd. Both are bottlenecks that choke the entire region, not just Strawberry. Schoolchildren must be driven between City of Mill Valley and Strawberry, because of their school assignments, and because walking and biking are so hazardous. People who want to shop in Strawberry pretty much have to drive, too. Or does that community not want anyone else's retail business? Our car-centric national policy prioritizes highways at the expense of space-saving public transit. It also ignores the neighborhood level--the need for safe sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways for children and adults to get around locally, and to reach buses and ferries. The GG Bridge and Waldo Tunnel were built to exclude a passenger train, with no regard for the consequences to communities. Car ownership jumped 2x within 20 years of the bridge's construction, then 2.5x more within 20 years after the second tunnel bore was drilled. Perversely, the House Transportation Committee recently gutted funding for transit and for bike/pedestrian public works. Even so, the PDA designation could let this region qualify for federal money to modernize, such as with traffic-calming roundabouts. The new designs are safe for pedestrians and keep cars flowing without traffic lights. This means no pricy maintenance and no risk of breakdown, as happened yesterday at E. Blithedale and Camino Alto--causing hours of backup not just for City residents, but also for Strawberry residents. People inciting panic about apartment buildings badly misconstrue the bigger picture. Change is scary for most people--it's scary for me, but I've seen that there are solutions out there. We all want things to be better, so let's work together as a community.
Sally February 25, 2014 at 10:27 am
David, We've read your myths, now here are the facts: 1. A PDA is an avenue to transportation fundsRead More for special interests such as housing, development and bicycle groups, but at a cost to the community by signing up for substantial growth. 2. Being a PDA opens up a whole range of new possibilities for developers, including PDA-only loans and grants and the potential for streamlined approvals (bypassing CEQA), all of which, in fact, affect development. 3. Local control will not be preserved. 4. We're not protesting for the offensive reason attributed to us in the anonymous pro-PDA propaganda. We're a community that is over 60% rentals, not a gated enclave. We simply don't want a new designation applied to our neighborhood that is based on aggressive development with uncertain long-term consequences, at least not until it's clear how it works in the areas for which it is really intended. 5. Unlike the pro-PDA petition, we have over 1000 STRAWBERRY RESIDENTS who have signed the no-PDA petition requesting that the Marin County Board of Supervisors remove Strawberry from the Plan Bay Area VOLUNTARY "Priority Development Area" designation. ~Strawberry Community Association
Elisabeth Thomas-Matej February 25, 2014 at 11:38 am
Sally, repealing the PDA will not change the housing plan. A community must have an up-to-dateRead More housing plan before it can even apply for a PDA. Everyone who signed your petition is barking up the wrong tree. If you don't like your housing plan, then that's the thing you should be seeking to change. The housing plan is not hostage to the PDA--but the entire region is hostage to the dangerous and outdated roads around Strawberry and Tam Junction. I've found that many older homeowners don't realize how much car traffic is generated by today's children having to cross city/county boundaries to attend school. I serve on the Mill Valley Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, under the Department of Public Works. This is not a "special interest" group. We are working to alleviate car traffic, in part by improving the safety and connectivity of walkways and bikeways. A community has to have a comprehensive network of good bike/ped infrastructure, if it wants a significant proportion of residents to get around by walking and biking. And we do want that! One of our big problems is that children from neighborhoods where walking and biking is dangerous--including Strawberry--get driven in droves to neighborhoods where other children are walking and biking in droves, such as around Mill Valley Middle School. It's a dangerous situation, and children have been hit. Meanwhile, unwanted car traffic also flows into Strawberry, because Mill Valley School District is forced to bump many children to schools outside their own neighborhoods. Usually, it's single children who are bumped, so that siblings can stay together. My single child got bumped to Tam Valley, when she was in the system. My neighbor's single child was sent to Strawberry. Both our families had requested Edna Maguire, because we could so easily have sent our children on the county multi-use path. But it was not to be. This frustration is how I got involved in the whole issue of sidewalks and bikeways, to begin with!
Tamalpais High School senior Anthony Lavezzo played an instrumental song on his guitar before the Jan. 14 Board meeting.
Richard Hall January 15, 2014 at 06:47 am
Is it just me, or is this kind of strange...?Read More -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Does this mean there will be less time for public comments at supervisor meetings? Some people are having to attend meetings 10 times to ask the same simple question - that an important matter is put on the next meeting agenda. Do the supervisors have consideration of their constituents time? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have limited time to make these meetings - like many I work full time. Now they've become mini-concerts? Really! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This seems like the time when Marin Grassroots used the Civic Center canteen for a press conference; do that once you have to let any group use it. Was grassroots involved in Howell playing? (unproven). Now we have musicians playing at all supervisor meetings. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As a one off this seemed quite welcome. But as a persistent part of the program this seems out of place and demonstrates poor respect for people's time.
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